I've got something in my front pocket for you!


Why don't you give it a squeeze and say "how do you do?!"




G and I spent some of the holiday period with his family in Havelock, a teensy little town up North best known for its mussel industry, and feck me if I didn't find a random opshop in town that held only two items of interest: this divoon 70's frock that fits me and my booboids to perfection, and a Linda McCartney cookbook!
Ok, so I bought the Linda McCartney cookbook as a joke-it's so incredibly cheesily 80's and chock full of meat substitute-and then G challenged me to do a Linda themed veg night......
(Every second Monday we host, I cook, a vegetarian night for a group of friends)
Gawd help me, I did. 
I found five of the most inoffensive recipes in the book, and cooked them, with very little tweaking, to great success!
Fancy that!





Frock-70's, opshopped
Earrings-birthday gift from G
Rosette brooch-made it myself, using an old Princesses badge
Bow-made it myself
Sunglasses-60's, San Francisco
Shoes-Trade Me




X

28 comments:

Beth Waltz said...

Helga, that very impressive maxi was obviously designed with a woman of queenly presence - yourself -- in mind! It's what my mum would have called a 'dinner dress', suitable for dining out in upscale establishments that served real lobster in the salads and the best champagne in the flutes.

I'm also applauding the details. The lipstick is perfect in shade and matte finish. And the clapboard siding is an appropriately graphic background for this style shoot. Well done!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Fantastic maxi!! I'm sure anything you cook would be tasty :)

thorne garnet said...

of course you found the op shop and the treasures within. Lovely dress.

Curtise said...

"Queenly presence" - Beth has a fabulous turn of phrase!
That amazing dress does indeed fit you perfectly, love the sleeves and the silver braid. It has something of the nun about it; Mother Superior given a sexy Seventies makeover! Oops, that's me damned for eternity. Oh well.
Veg night sounds fun; funny how the whole meat substitute thing was so popular for a time, seems so odd now.
Gorgeous photos of you in the sunshine, darling, you look just splendid! xxx

Lucy in the Sky said...

Really loving the fab frock and it would be interesting to try some of Linda's recipes!

Sue said...

A gorgeous frock that fits the boobazoids in is a score indeed!! Long sleeves in Summer? Has your temperature dropped down there in the SI? Maybe it is menopause that continues to keep me warm!!

Carol said...

Dear Helga - That dress is awesome, and you look marvelous!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I must say, that dress does showcase your booboids to absolute perfection! I'm disappointed that you didn't tell us what you made for dinner from the cookbook.

seƱora Allnut said...

wouuu, that frock fits you like a dream, and love that delightful decadent gothic vibe with a twist of sassiness too!, fabulous!!!!!
and nothing to say about that cookbook, sometimes best recipes come from odd books!
besos

Fiona said...

How very demure you look....only we know better, hah! That gorgeous frock sure does show off your rack, it could have been made for you. Hope your veggie cookbook provides more tasty recipes for your mates to enjoy. xx

Connie said...

Oh Please Please tell me that it is Butters that you reference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRdoKW1CsxE
This dress is prom worthy. And so are you, you veg head.

Goody said...

"Hubba hubba ding ding, mama she's got EVERYTHING!"

I love the sleeves (can't wear 'em 'caus I'm a slob) and you do make the nicest hair bows.

I've been vegetarian since the early 80's, but I really dislike that TVP fake meat. I do use it on occasion, but sparingly.

sister outlaws said...

70's does Victoriana. And HELGA does all of it best.

Melanie said...

Holy cow, you look spectacular in that dress. What a find. Queenly, yes, and we would all be slaves under your rule. I can't believe how domestic Ms McCartney looks on the cover. A white blouse?!

Hollie Black-Ramsey said...

That dress!! I've never seen anything like it! It's like, Italian Renaissance meets Victorian. Super super awesome.

peaches mcginty said...

Ahhh, the joy of a beautiful dress that fits the booboids, it's a special kind of joy! this dress is goy-juss! I love the demure bib and sleeves with the addition of killer lips and spectacular shades - How gorgeous is Linda! x x x

Trudie said...

Oh well oh well how glorious are you it's such a rarity to see you in a full length frock or maxi. You are most spectacular. X

diaryofapennypincher said...

Oh my, what a fantastic frock! I just adore those sleeves and it fits like a dream!

freckleface said...

Feck me! That frock is fabularse! Oh yeah, booboids, silver trim and little Lillibet and Margaret Rose nestling. Doesn't get much better than that. Curtise is right, you do have something of the Sexy Mother Superior about you. Saucy. So that's where your G-star comes from. Will have to look it up. Looking places up is one of my favourite hobbies. Vag night sounds great, I always love the look of it. You can still buy all those Linda McCartney fake sausages here, although never quite sure why you would. Is it me or does she look a bit Princess Diana in that photo? Xxxxx

Vix said...

Frock me that's one spectacular frock. It fits like a dream.
Good to know that Linda's book isn't as hideous as her frozen veggie food - eughhh, those sausages are rank!
Love you! xxxx

Divya Morris said...

That dress is FANTASTIC! Like a sexy nun or racey Amish femme fatale!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Not a bit of skin in sight, yet still sexy.

Lally said...

What a fab frock! It's the perfect hostess number. I've never tried any of Linda's recipes as I'm a little fearful after sampling her frozen 'wonders'! Great that they turned out well though! That picture on the book cover is particularly amusing- look a little orange! XX

Sonya said...

what a stunning dress and you carry it off perfectly - I thought you had it custom made - a truly rare find!

Catherine said...

Its like a clove that dress! You look like fabulous Edwardian lady gone a bit punk! Love it! I need to see what these recipes are! Are they things like tofurkey casserole? that sounds like an 80s recipe... actually i don't know what they cooked in the 80s. Tiny food on big plates?

Louise McDonagh said...

What a fabulous frock find. You look glorious, as always xxx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Hahaha thats gold... I hope it was a dress-up-as-linda-mc-in-the-80s themed night.. Brilliant.
Love discovering a little bit of 'opportunity' when least expected. xx

Trees said...

I'm in LOVE with that FROCK! SO SO GOOD!!! I would love to hear more about how you Helga-fied the Linda McCartney recipes!